Companies will always need senior executives, but they want executives who are focused on the job, not on the next chapter of their life. What is the mid-life and older job seeking executive to do? What do organizations need to do to promote age diversity?

To shed light on these questions and more, Jason Hanold, CEO and Managing Partner of Hanold Associates Search Firm, the leading retained boutique executive search firm specializing in human resources leadership recruiting, joined ExecuNet’s Head of Learning Tony Vlahos for an ExecuNetSelect insights conversation.

Here’s a look at their conversation:

  • 0:50 The state of…

Being involved in hiring or recruitment can be stressful. Your organization won’t thrive without the right employees. Thus, your hiring decisions play a major role in the company’s success. You need to confidently make the right choices.

That may not always seem easy. Plenty of hiring managers and recruiters occasionally doubt their abilities to identify the ideal candidates for open positions. That doesn’t mean you need to be plagued by doubt. There are many steps you can take to feel more confident in your hiring decisions.

Coordinating with experts is one of them. For example, if your company is in…


Choosing who to hire can take a long time. This is particularly true when filling executive roles. You’ll want the individuals that you recruit to be an ideal fit because they will play a crucial role in your organization’s success. Therefore, it’s beneficial to take your time when selecting from a list of candidates. Working with an executive search firm can help you boost the efficiency of this process. When you consult with experts whose primary responsibility involves identifying strong candidates, you can focus on other tasks.

However, screening applicants can still take time, which is why it’s important to…


November 20, 2020 — Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted The New York Times Co. in the recruitment of Jacqueline M. Welch as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). She will report directly to president and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and sit on the company’s executive committee as well as lead its talent and inclusion department. Ms. Welch begins her new role on Jan. 11.

“This search, from launch to offer decision, was about six weeks,” said Jason Hanold, CEO and managing director of the search firm. “Jacqui is a unique spirit. She…


An executive will ideally spend a relatively long time with a company. It’s of course always helpful when any strong employee stays with an organization for the duration. High turnover is a costly issue.

However, when someone plays a leadership role, it’s particularly beneficial to keep them around for as long as possible (assuming they are a good fit for the company). Transitioning to new leadership is naturally challenging.

That’s not to say it needs to be excessively difficult. Companies simply need to prepare for these challenges accordingly. If an organization stays in business long enough, at least some of…


Finding the right executives for your company can be difficult — after all, this is not an instance when you can afford to make a mistake.

That’s why it’s important to proceed carefully when hiring executives. You don’t want to rush the process, and you may want to enlist help. Working with an executive search firm will increase your odds of identifying someone who is a good fit for your organization, because they have resources, contacts, and expertise necessary to identify strong candidates.

A strong candidate for an executive position will have more than just the right experience and skills…


One of the best ways to succeed in hiring and recruitment is to be prepared. If you can forecast your hiring needs, you’ll be better equipped to fill vacant positions efficiently. That involves not only studying trends to anticipate needs, but also identifying the signs that an employee may quit soon.

Obviously, your main goal is to retain strong employees. As much as possible, a company’s relevant managers and decision makers should try to keep employees happy and engaged. Constantly hiring on account of high turnover is costly.

(Tip: When filling important roles, such as that of the CEO, coordinate…


If you hire or recruit job candidates, then your primary responsibilities involve ensuring that your organization hires the right candidates. This is why it’s important to leverage all of the necessary resources when filling vacant positions.

Perhaps you work in human resources at a growing tech startup. There will likely come a time when you will need to recruit people for managerial roles. If you’re relatively new to the field, then you might not have sufficient experience in hiring people to fill these types of positions. In this case, you might need to consider working with an executive search firm


Hiring and recruiting the right talent for your company is essential. You simply can’t succeed in the long run if you don’t have good employees, and this is even more true at the executive level.

However, identifying and attracting the best candidates for executive positions can be difficult. That’s why many organizations engage with executive search firms when filling important roles. Executive search firms have the resources, expertise, and contacts to ensure important positions are filled by the person who represents the best fit for the role.

To better understand why some companies go this route, and why you may…


The pace at which employees are recruited and hired is not always consistent throughout the year. Numerous details and factors can affect how and why you go about attracting and selecting candidates.

For instance, if you were filling a very important position at your organization, such as CEO, you might seek outside help to ensure you find the ideal candidate for your needs. Coordinating with an executive search firm would ensure you were leveraging all necessary resources to find a CEO who will help your company thrive.

However, there may also be instances when the positions you’re filling require less…

Jason Hanold

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